Abstract Information 

Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Committee is now calling for abstracts for the Conference (online submission). Authors should submit abstracts online by no later than 16 October 2020. All abstracts submitted will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The abstract submissions received for the conference will inform the parallel sessions. To maintain the high standards of previous conferences, the review process for the abstract submissions is intensive and thorough. Thereafter acceptance of abstracts for oral or posters will be confirmed with applicants no later than 9 November 2020. View Themes 

 

This year PHASA invites abstracts for the following types of submissions.

Type of Abstracts

GUIDELINES FOR EACH SUBMISSION

General Guidelines for all Research Abstracts - click to open

  • All abstracts must be submitted online, through the conference website.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Length limit of abstract: 350 words.
  • No images, charts or tables are permitted in the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be informational and report on completed work.
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract.
  • Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  • Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on 30 September 2020
  • Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed, and the final selection made by the Scientific Committee.
  • Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on or before 30 October 2020.
  • Accepted abstracts will only be included in the conference programme once registration, and payment of the registration fee, is completed.
  •  All presenters must be registered and fully paid by (Information to follow).

Format

  • Title - maximum 25 words
  • Author(s) — List the primary author first

The abstract should be constructed using the format listed below. Please note the formats applicable to scientific or operational research.

Maximum word count- 350 


Format for Scientific Abstract 

  • Background: An opening sentence or two that introduces the study For operational research, include the problem statement and rationale for intervention
  • Objectives: Indicate the purpose of the study or the hypothesis that was tested.
  • Methodology: Include the setting for the study, the subjects, and the type of analysis if appropriate
  • Results: Present the results of the study. (Please state clearly, if you do not have final results available, but indicate any preliminary and anticipated final results)
  • Conclusions: Briefly discuss the data and emphasise the significance of the results.
  • Advocacy message: What is the key advocacy message arising from your research? (Consider what change that you would like to see, and the target audience (e.g. policy makers, implementers, communities)? (approximately 30 words of the total 350 words)
  • 3 keywords

Format for Operational Research

  • Background: An opening sentence or two that introduces the study. Include the problem statement and rationale for intervention
  • ntervention description: Describe your proposed intervention/change(s) to practice in sufficient detail
  • Results: Present the results of the study. (Please state clearly, if you do not have final results available, but indicate any preliminary and anticipated final results)
  • Lessons learnt: What went well/what didn’t work?
  • Key Messages: What do the findings mean for the field?
  • Advocacy message: What is the key advocacy message arising from your research? (Consider what change that you would like to see, and the target audience (e.g. policy makers, implementers, communities)? (approximately 30 words of the total 350 words)
  • 3 keywords

Sub-theme categories

Health and Wellbeing

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Non-Communicable Diseases Mental Health
  • Youth Health
  • Gender and health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Promotion and prevention

Universal Health Coverage

  • Health financing
  • Service Delivery systems
  • Healthy public policies
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Health Information and Technology
  • Health Leadership
  • Quality of Health Care

Sustainable cities and communities

  • Urban Health
  • Rural Health
  • Migration and Health
  • Human rights
  • Health equity
  • Environmental Health
  • Climate Change

Other

  • If your topic does not appear to fit in in any of the above categories but does fit with the overall conference theme, please include it in the ‘Other’ category.

Presentation options for all research abstracts

Oral presentations
Individual oral presentations allow for a brief overview of the major points / highlights of a particular project or programme. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion).

Pitch presentations
A science pitch is a concise, well-prepared description of your research / or programme. Scientific pitch presentations should last a maximum of 3 minutes. Participants are welcome to bring along any support materials e.g. charts, objects, etc, though laptops or projectors should not be used.

Poster presentations
Material for a display presentation is mounted on a poster board (portrait orientation, A0 size of 2380mm high x 950mm wide), which is staffed by the author (this is mandatory) for a designated period of time. This format provides a unique opportunity for personal 'one-on-one' interaction and idea exchange. Abstracts are to be informational and report on work completed. Poster sessions are held as poster walks in the parallel programme, moderated by an expert.

Evaluation Criteria
Criteria for evaluating the quality of abstracts include originality of ideas and methods, concise presentation of methods and results, clarity of application and implementation, quality of writing, and relevance to conference themes.

General Guidelines for Skills Building Workshops - click to open

These sessions can be 90 minute, half or full-day workshops. Participants at the Conference include researchers; implementers, students, civil society organizations, private sector, policy and decision-makers, as well as those involved in management, program delivery and advocacy; academics engaged in teaching as well as those concerned more broadly with capacity strengthening. Skills-building sessions may target one or more of these audiences. Participants at the Conference range from relative novices, to those with extensive experience in the field. We intend to build a menu of skills building sessions that are relevant to diverse audiences, though with a particular emphasis on the needs of early stage professionals.

Skill-building sessions should have clearly articulated learning objectives and an engaging, participatory format that is designed to help participants achieve these learning objectives. Using existing experience is especially welcome.

Abstract Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted online, through the conference website.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Length limit of abstract: 350 words.
  • No images, charts or tables are permitted in the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be informational and report on completed work.
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract.
  • Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  • Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on 30 September 2020
  • Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and the final selection made by the Scientific Committee.
  • Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on or before 30 October 2020.
  • Accepted abstracts will only be included in the conference programme once registration, and payment of the registration fee, is completed.
  • All presenters must be registered and fully paid by (Information to follow).

Please follow the following submissions guidelines for skills-building sessions below:

  • Title (maximum 25 words)
  • Duration (90 minutes, half or full-day workshops)
  • Language (English)
  • Thematic area, as well as field-building dimension, including:
  • Cutting-edge conceptual, empirical, and/or synthesis research;
    Innovative research approaches, methods and measures;
    Successful and/or novel strategies for developing capacity;
    Platforms and mechanisms to share and translate knowledge;
    Innovative practice in health policy and systems development and analysis
  • The session organiser’s contact details
  • Contributors’ details: the session chair as well as a maximum of four named additional contributors, who will play active roles in the session
  • Please highlight if contributors are submitting multiple abstracts
  • A 50-word overview of the organized session, that will appear in the conference program with clear description of skill building goals and what skills participants will acquire

The skills-building session abstract requires the following information (maximum of 350 words):

  • Learning objectives: Please list 1-4 learning objectives that specify what participants will be able to do by the end of the session.
  • Target audience: Describe the target audience for this skills-building session. Is the target audience primarily researchers, decision-makers, people involved in advocacy, teaching faculty, or people concerned with capacity development? Is there a particular focus to the skills building session? Is any prior knowledge or training required to be able to participate effectively in the session?
  • Session description, format and flow: Please provide a description of the session, explaining what material will be covered, and what approach to teaching will be employed, and how both the material and methods link to the learning objectives described above. If helpful provide a suggested agenda for the session. Please specify whether participants in the session will need to read or review any material prior to the start of the session.
  • Session contributors: Please list all session speakers and/or facilitators explaining which country they come from, why they have been selected, and how they will contribute to the session.

Scoring of skill-building workshops
Reviewers will be asked to assess skills building session submissions on the basis of: (i) relevance of learning objectives to Conference participants (ii) appropriateness of proposed format and delivery methods to achieve learning objectives and provoke interaction among participants (iii) suitability of contributors.

General Guidelines for Organised sessions - click to open

  • Participatory sessions: These could be round table discussions, debates, ‘fishbowl’ discussions, simulations, games, or any other approach that actively encourages audience participation.
  • Panel presentations: This format is the traditional panel presentation, but organizers must allow adequate time for audience discussion and interaction. The organized session template requires the following information:

Abstract Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted online, through the conference website.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Length limit of abstract: 350 words.
  • No images, charts or tables are permitted in the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be informational and report on completed work.
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract.
  • Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  • Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on 31st May 2020
  • Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and the final selection made by the Scientific Committee.
  • Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on or before 18th June 2020.
  • Accepted abstracts will only be included in the conference programme once registration, and payment of the registration fee, is completed.
  • All presenters must be registered and fully paid by 22nd July 2020.

Format

  • Title (maximum 25 words)
  • Duration (90 minutes)
  • Language (English)
  • The session organiser’s contact details
  • Contributors’ details: the session chair as well as a maximum of four named additional contributors, who will play active roles in the session. Include names, affiliations, why they have been selected and which topics/issues they will cover in their presentations.
  • Please highlight if contributors are submitting multiple abstracts
  • A 50-word overview of the organized session, that will appear in the conference program with clear description of session goals.

The organised session abstract requires the following information (maximum of 350 words):

  • Session description: Explain what topics the session intends to cover and why they are important to be presented in the conference.
  • Purpose of the session and the key objectives the organizers would like to achieve with this session.
  • Information about how the session will be run: Format and how you plan to engage the audience, what the flow of the session will look like, who will chair and who will moderate.

Criteria for organized session review
Submissions for organised sessions will be peer-reviewed. In line with the core Conference principles, the Scientific Committee will be asked to assess organized sessions on the basis of: (i) technical/scientific merit; (ii) relevance to the Conference theme and selected sub-themes; (iii) rationale for selection of speakers is clear; (iv) originality and innovation; (iv) diversity of engaged speakers (e.g. balance across gender, country-income group and/or role); and (v) potential for active involvement by the audience. Submissions with better gender and geographical balance of contributors, respecting inclusivity and diversity values of PHASA will be given preferences in the review process.

 

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